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LBAS: Completion of 7800-Landings Inspection on Challenger 604

Inspection performed on Swiss Air Ambulance's (Rega) fleet

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has won the contract to perform 7800-landings inspections on Rega’s fleet of three Challenger 604* aircraft. Industry wide, this is the first time an inspection of this type was ever performed. Two aircraft have been completed up to today and the third aircraft is currently in progress.

As one of the largest scheduled maintenance events on the Challenger 604* aircraft, the 7800-landings inspection is comparable to the D-check of a large commercial airliner. Together with Bombardier, the manufacturer of the Challenger 604*, LBAS set up a dedicated team for this special inspection.

Dedicated Team for Special Inspection

Ernst Kohler, CEO of Rega underlines: “We were in need of a reliable and competent partner to perform maintenance on our ambulance jets. Aircraft downtime along with quality and budget are the critical elements for us. Our experience with LBAS during the 96-months inspection performed 4 years ago was the key to selecting them for the 7800-landings inspection. Again, we are delighted about the services we received.” LBAS is now in completion of the last of three Rega ambulance jets.

World Premiere

Christoph Meyerrose, LBAS’ Managing Director said: “Together with Bombardier, which also is a LBAS shareholder, LBAS set up a dedicated team for this inspection. It’s the first time worldwide that a 7800-landings inspection was performed. Unlike any other inspection on a Challenger 604*, it includes extensive non-destructive inspections as well as x-ray testing of the aircraft structure. To do this, the horizontal stabilizer as we all as the tail tank had to be removed. To keep aircraft downtime as short as possible, lean production methods were successfully implemented in order to optimize the work processes.”

Exclusively used for Ambulance Flights

As one of the world’s pioneers in aeromedical evacuation Rega has a long tradition in dealing with medical emergencies across the globe. It provides a highly professional aeromedical evacuation/repatriation service and detailed pre-flight medical counselling. Both services are available 24 hours a day. Rega operates three fully dedicated, long-range ambulance jets. They are exclusively used for ambulance flights and are fitted out as intensive-care units, guaranteeing top-quality medical assistance. Aircraft reliability is the key to success for this fleet of three challenger 604* aircraft, therefore maintenance downtimes must be reduced to a minimum.

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